Some cherry trees started to have their flowers in this district, later than the usual time of bloom.
In Japan, schools and universities usually hold their entrance ceremony at the beginning of April, and then cherry blossoms welcome pupils and students with their pinkish glamour appearance, though this year some cherry blossoms couldn't appear in time because of lingering cold weather.
Several days ago I went to a city hall in Minoh city in Osaka to help edit of some tanka poems for a tanka festival which will be held in May, sponsored by the Mainichi Newspaper company.
|one week ago|
Time fries , but he still stands there reading a text book with a bundle of sticks of firewood on his back, beneath a cherry tree that had barely started to have some flowers.
A lot of tiny plants, wild flowers, ferns and moss, are burgeoning on the ground in this season. Still, many people in Japan, including me, are looking forward to see cherry blossoms impatiently.
And once they have bloomed many people hope to be invited into the territory of the blossoms as if they were mesmerised by it.
In fact instability of weather of this season makes me anxious about that the petals might fall too soon.
It was not yet full bloom but I got off the train to see cherry trees along a river in Osaka city when I went back from the city hall.
Can you see Osaka castle over the river?
The contrast of the water and the sunlit bud reminds me of the following tanka poem written by Shūji Terayama(1935～1982).
Poems sometimes make some foggy thought in my mind abruptly clear.
striking a match
I see the fog ocean
is there a motherland
I can dedicate myself to?
translated by Amelia Fielden
And two days later, in Nara Park.